NTSB Releases Report on Fatal Airplane Crash in Northern NM

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) _ Federal investigators say an engine compartment fire triggered by a ruptured oil line caused a small
airplane to crash in New Mexico, killing the pilot and his wife.

Glenn Elliott and his wife Laurie McKnight -- both 75 -- were killed last August 27 on a flight from Liberal, Kansas, to Albuquerque. Elliott was a retired Sandia National Laboratories engineer and McKnight was a retired teacher. They were the only two people aboard the single-engine Elliott Cirrus VK30 that crash-landed in an open field in northern New Mexico.

The NTSB said oil from a broken pressurized oil line sprayed onto a hot turbocharger, causing the in-flight fire.

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